WE are encouraging people from North Somerset to visit elderly relatives and neighbours, to help combat loneliness this month (July, 2017).
Our carers can sometimes be the only person service users see, so we would like to encourage more people to remember the elderly and pay them a visit.
Nicky Norville, Registered Manager, said:
“Although our service users receive visits from our carers, it’s always nice for them to have a visit and share a cuppa and a chat with a relative or neighbour, so we’re encouraging people to remember the elderly and help us in the battle to combat loneliness.”
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness; 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month.
More than half of all people aged 75 and over live alone and roughly 3.9million say the television is their main company.
“We believe everyone should try and spare at least half an hour during their week or weekend to pop in on an elderly relative, neighbour or friend.
They could even take them out or invite them over for lunch or dinner. Just a small amount of effort could really brighten an elderly person’s day.”